Buying my first bike, need help !

Hidalgo
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Buying my first bike, need help !

Postby Hidalgo » Tue Feb 06, 2018 10:56 am

Hi All,
I've been researching online for a bike for my self, this will be my first decent bike ! Previous bike was a cheap metal frame that weighed a ton..
So, in terms of use, i'll be mainly riding suburbia paved bike paths mainly with my young boys ( 8 and 6 yrs), and the occasional ride on roads for short trips (< 3kms) every fortnight. What i'm after is a low maintenance bike, hoping you guys can help recommend a decent brand / bike with the below specs, budget is AUD $1500 :

- Alloy Frame
- Hydraulic brakes
- Shimano Alfine IGH
- Full Black colour

so far only the Norco Indie IGH A8 fits my requirement and budget. Appreciate if i can get some reviews for this bike ? Also, will be great if i can get some recommendations for other bikes that match the above specs..
http://www.norco.com/bikes/city/urban/i ... h-a8-belt/

Many Thnx
Hidalgo

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Re: Buying my first bike, need help !

Postby RobertL » Tue Feb 06, 2018 3:48 pm

I can't find any in plain black, but I know people who ride the

Polygon Path 8: http://www.polygonbikes.com/ww/bikes/de ... 18-path-i8

and a

Avanti Inc 2: http://www.avantibikes.com/cn/bikes/urb ... rban-bike/

Actually, he rides an Inc 3 with the 11 speed hub, but it is a bit dearer.
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Re: Buying my first bike, need help !

Postby grimbo » Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:46 am

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Re: Buying my first bike, need help !

Postby 10speedsemiracer » Wed Feb 07, 2018 3:41 pm

Felt also make an Alfine 8sp flat bar bike, but I don't know who stocks them any more.

There is a used bike Image for sale on BikeExchange which ticks all of your boxes although I think the seller is being a bit ambitious with asking price.

https://www.bikeexchange.com.au/a/urban-bikes/felt/vic/northcote/felt-urban-bike-good-condition/103235117

Also, it's in inner north of Melb, and I have no idea where you are.
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Re: Buying my first bike, need help !

Postby madmacca » Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:57 pm

For that kind of money, a Giant Contend SL is going to give you more bike than your specs, especially if you look at 2017 models rather than 2018. Available in black with some colour highlights, rather than plain black.

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Re: Buying my first bike, need help !

Postby 10speedsemiracer » Wed Feb 07, 2018 6:11 pm

madmacca wrote:For that kind of money, a Giant Contend SL is going to give you more bike than your specs, especially if you look at 2017 models rather than 2018. Available in black with some colour highlights, rather than plain black.


I thought exactly the same and completely agree with you, but OP wants an Alfine8 IGH for some reason... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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Re: Buying my first bike, need help !

Postby eeksll » Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:32 am

10speedsemiracer wrote:
madmacca wrote:For that kind of money, a Giant Contend SL is going to give you more bike than your specs, especially if you look at 2017 models rather than 2018. Available in black with some colour highlights, rather than plain black.


I thought exactly the same and completely agree with you, but OP wants an Alfine8 IGH for some reason... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


IGH with belt drive, no drive train maintenance (that is what I think, not sure if true in practice). Would be great for commuting. Although I have read durability concerns of the alfine8 with belt drive due to high tension required or something like that.

Not the same bike as a contend.

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Re: Buying my first bike, need help !

Postby Hidalgo » Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:18 pm

10speedsemiracer wrote:Felt also make an Alfine 8sp flat bar bike, but I don't know who stocks them any more.

There is a used bike Image for sale on BikeExchange which ticks all of your boxes although I think the seller is being a bit ambitious with asking price.

https://www.bikeexchange.com.au/a/urban-bikes/felt/vic/northcote/felt-urban-bike-good-condition/103235117

Also, it's in inner north of Melb, and I have no idea where you are.


Thnx !! Does look good but i'm in Sydney ...

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Re: Buying my first bike, need help !

Postby Hidalgo » Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:24 pm

eeksll wrote:
10speedsemiracer wrote:
madmacca wrote:For that kind of money, a Giant Contend SL is going to give you more bike than your specs, especially if you look at 2017 models rather than 2018. Available in black with some colour highlights, rather than plain black.


I thought exactly the same and completely agree with you, but OP wants an Alfine8 IGH for some reason... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


IGH with belt drive, no drive train maintenance (that is what I think, not sure if true in practice). Would be great for commuting. Although I have read durability concerns of the alfine8 with belt drive due to high tension required or something like that.

Not the same bike as a contend.


Firstly Thnx for all the replies guys, much appreciated.
Going for an internal gear hub as i need something low maintenance but agreed not a 100% sure hoe reliable these hubs are, especially belt driven.

Any comments on the Norco Indie A8 guys ?? This appears to be the only one available in stock and within my budget.
http://www.99bikes.com.au/bike18-norco- ... belt-green

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Re: Buying my first bike, need help !

Postby Hidalgo » Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:27 pm



Thnx Grimbo, i did consider these when i first started researching online but not too sure re quality and reliability ?? Anyone here used or knows anyone who's used these bikes ??

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